Unlike adding a person to your deed or title, removing a person or people from your title requires that the parties being removed agree to sign to remove themselves from the deed in front of a notary.
The same types of deeds to add a person to your deed or title are used for removing people as well. The good news is that there is usually no transfer fees or taxes for removing names from deeds with the exception of entities like corporations or llc’s.
Each state has their own rules for handling this as well as county recorders. Be sure to educate yourself on all of the facets of how to remove a co-owner from your deed or title.
State & County Forms
Most states have some kind of form they require to be filed with a deed. In California, this form is called a Preliminary Change of Ownership Report or (PCOR). As is the case when adding someone to your deed or title, when you remove someone, the same forms must be completed. You can file your deed with the recorder’s office without one for an additional fee of usually $20 but know that they will still mail one back to you to complete. It is better to complete that form with the deed at time of recording to reduce any rejections or delays.
Signing and Recording your deed
All deeds must be signed by all current owners that are transferring ownership in front of a Notary Public to be valid. Once the notary witnesses all owner’s signatures, the deed can then be submitted to the county recorder for review and recording.
Before preparing a deed…
It is always a good practice to consult with a licensed attorney for the state where your property is located and being transferred in before adding anyone to your deed. Only an attorney can offer legal advice on vesting options such as joint tenancy or community property along with other legal advice related to the transfer you are seeking.